Someone’s in the kitchen with Santa

Have you checked out the new Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen yet?

Holidog at Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

Holidog is a big fan.

Holidog loves a treat!

… and so is Tabnie from Eyewitness News.

Tabnie and Tammy at Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

Foods Manager Tammy was happy for the help on a recent morning and gleefully instructed Tabnie in the fine art of “freestyling” dough.

Tammy and Tabnie in Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

After proofing the dough, it was time to add dots of raspberry and cream-cheese “ornaments” to the pastries.

Tabnie decorating pastries in Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

Here’s their story, which ran this week on Eyewitness News:

“Sure wish we had smell-a-vision!”

Have you ever wished you could sneak into one of our kitchens to see exactly how we create the treats that make your visit extra special?

Tabnie from Eyewitness News did just that recently.

She and Brian got up close and personal with the staff of the Funnel Cake Factory in our 4th of July section.

Because … Tabnie had a hankering for a Red, White & Blueberry Funnel Cake!

Tabnie wants a funnel cake.

If I remember correctly, in the above photo she’s not giving a cue, she’s placing her order.

Take a look:

Yes, Tabnie, smell-a-vision is definitely an invention whose time has come!

Red, White & Blueberry Funnel CakeMeanwhile, Foods Manager Michael is pretty proud of this concoction, after spending many winter afternoons with our Food & Beverage staff perfecting the recipe. (We won’t even mention all the extra hours spent in the gym, working off all those necessary “tastings.”)

When you see Michael out in the park, please be sure to let him know what you think of this patriotic twist on the tradition funnel cake. We hope you’ll agree it’s a dandy!

Scaredy Cat confidential

Lauren, William, and Leah with the Cat in the Hat

Take a moment with me, and try to think of the most ironic things that could happen to the child of a theme park president.

What if you hated funnel cake or soft pretzels? It’d be a total waste of being born into such a cool circumstance, right?

Now imagine you were afraid of rides. All of the rides.

Crazy, right? It’s absolutely absurd!

Except I actually lived that.

My maiden flight on The Raven may have scarred me a bit. I was four (and tall) when The Raven opened, so I was allowed to ride, according to the design engineers. While riding with my dad, I got a bit spooked, and cowered down in my seat. He changed the height limit after that ride, which was okay by me because I had no desire ever to ride anything ever again. (So an apology to those kiddos just shy of the 48 inch mark: Sorry about ruining your chances to ride earlier in life—it’s for your safety.)

Leah and siblings visited lots of parks growing up.

William, Lauren and Leah (rockin’ that fanny pack!) with zombie friends at Islands of Adventure park.

Anyway, I spent probably five years of my life maxing out my time on the kiddie rides (though that time was up too soon for my liking), then playing Skeeball. If I could only convey the amount of money my parents “invested” in my Skeeball career …

Then one life-changing day when I was about six, my parents persuaded me to ride the Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World’s (then) MGM Studios.

I hated it.

With a deep and burning passion.

It took me forever to stop crying.

On the bright side, Mom got me a commemorative Tower of Terror t-shirt as a badge of honor. On the back it said “I suggest you take the stairs.”

I meant every word of that, and told my friends to take the stairs when they went (as though they were all heading over to Florida the very next week).

It wasn’t until somewhere around the age of ten years old that I finally broke my fear.

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, I rode Ice on (then) Dueling Dragons (which is now part of the Dragon Challenge –I cannot express the joy when my first steel coaster ever was converted to be part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—it was only a lifetime dream come true).

Non-scaredy-cats all.

Lauren, William and Leah with the Cat in the Hat. Not a Scaredy Cat in the bunch!

I loved it.

It’s hard to say what changed, but I was so proud of myself for overcoming that fear, and did it riding the outside, which my sister swears is way scarier because you know what’s coming (I thought it was less scary for the same reason).

It was also pretty fun to get to finally ride coasters with my family—and it prepared me for my first ride ever on The Legend with my dad.

So to all you scaredy-cats like me (or parents with scaredy-cat kids), hold on. It could be a bumpy ride getting there, but there’s hope.

I promise.


Also, if you’re considering riding the Tower of Terror anytime soon, I no longer suggest you take the stairs.

Matt dives in

No, our park president isn’t joining our Dive! team; but when needed to help with our Christmas tree lights, he certainly dove right in:

It didn’t take long before Matt had all the cords from the lights on the Christmas tree figured out.

Matt dives in, under the Christmas tree

We open on Saturday – hope to see you then!

Move over, dummies …

Well, we finally gave the test dummies the boot – as several members of our staff got to ride The Voyage this afternoon.

Our park president’s reaction?

And whom do we thank for their many frigid hours of winter work to get our Voyage in ship shape?

Holiday World's Coaster Cats

We open for the season on Saturday! We hope you’ll join us – be sure to post here what sort of Voyage you enjoyed during your visit.


Mayflower sets sail from … Wichita?

That’s right.

The original Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England.

Our Mayflower is heading this way over the next two days by way of Wichita, Kansas.

The good folks at Chance Rides were kind enough to snap some photos for us as they packed up the physical supports and sent them to Santa Claus.

Indiana, that is.

… although it does sort of feel like Christmas around here.

Mayflower - leaving Kansas

Lots of lightbulbs along the sides – can’t wait to see Mayflower after dark!

Mayflower - leaving Kansas

It all fits together so well.

Sort of a … Mayflower compact, right?

Mayflower - leaving Kansas

And here’s that proud emblem, showing the name of our ship.

Mayflower - leaving Kansas

Something else I just found out: If you prefer to sit in the middle of the ship (for a milder experience) or toward one of the ends (for that sea-tossed experience), you will have that choice.

Here’s a view from the lift hill of The Voyage:

Mayflower-from-Voyage (construction)

This next week will be exciting as we get our ship together and set sail for Opening Day, May 3.!